What You'll Get
- One Month of Unlimited Classes (Kids) and Uniform Ages 5-12
- One Month of Unlimited Classes (Adult),Uniform, and Martial Fit Camp Age 13+
Martial Arts Belts: Working Your Way Up the Rainbow
Brand-new martial arts students begin with the blank slate of white belt. Learn where they go from there with Groupon’s look at martial arts belts.
There’s an old story about the evolution of the system of colored martial-arts belts: donning fresh white belts at first, trainees would let them darken over time with sweat and dirt, until, after years of increasing mastery, they turned almost black. If it sounds like a story that’s too good to believe, it almost certainly is. Although the belt system is conceivably an ancient tradition handed down from sensei to sensei, its origins can be readily traced to the early 20th century. That’s when Dr. Jigoro Kano was developing a new form of physical education for Japanese public school students: judo, a safer version of the jujitsu fighting style. Facing an influx of new students, he devised a hierarchy of colored belts to illustrate their progress at a glance rather than having to ask each one to fight him every day.
How quickly athletes move up the ladder will depend on the teacher, the dojo, and the style, in addition to their skills. They may advance by taking a formal exam with practical, oral, and written sections; they may be asked to spar with students in the next level to prove their readiness; or they may be awarded a different color belt because the old one clashes with their eyes. And in any discipline, tying on a black belt doesn’t mean you’ve made it. Instead, one might think of it as being inducted into an advanced training program. In karate, for instance, there are 10 grades of black belts, some of which require up to 10 years of study to attain.
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About Suncoast Martial Arts
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? At Suncoast Martial Arts our mission is to challenge and inspire you to reach your full potential through the discipline of martial arts. We accomplish our mission by instructing students of all ages to use martial arts as a powerful tool to build self-confidence, integrity, and respect. The practice of martial arts improves physical and mental health, and our instructors are passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential through group training with individualized attention.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? At Suncoast Martial Arts, our training is intense yet fun and rewarding on a multitude of facets, both mental and physical. You will greatly enhance balance, coordination, mental fortitude as well as the side benefits of a strenuous workout. No matter what shape you're in, there are tremendous benefits to be gained through our style of mixed martial arts. We work to develop every muscle in the body along with joint and ligaments in order to foster longevity and to prepare for our martial arts training. We introduce our students to quite a few different styles and techniques which challenge mind and body along with the benefit of practical self-defense techniques that can be used in almost any type of unwanted or dangerous encounter. Our students learn straight from punching and kicking attacks and techniques in a Tae Kwon Doe fashion, the precise movements of Kung Fu styles, throws, falls and rolls derived from Jiu Jitsu as well as close-in self-defense moves that rely on Ai-Kido submission and joint lock maneuvers. Students of all ages stand to benefit greatly from the patience, knowledge, and experience of our instructors.
What do you love most about your job? Working to help others improve their lives. Suncoast Martial Arts instructors have over 80 years combined experience as martial arts students and as instructors. We are dedicated to helping students reach their goals and improve their lives through martial arts training.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? Our students experience weight loss, improved health, more mental focus and concentration. We regularly hear from them about the various areas of their lives that are improving from their training and practice of martial arts.